2-5 November 2017 | St. Louis, MO, USA

The Nevermore Jazz Ball

The Nevermore Jazz Ball is a one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Now back for its 7th year, the Nevermore Jazz Ball has grown to be a dancer’s, musician’s, and fun-lover’s favorite. This year we’re bringing you a line-up that’s sure to please!


Nevermore Jazz Ball 2017 Registration

Registration will open in July 2017!


2017 a La Carte Pricing

Pending availability,


New this year, we have an EVENT HOTEL! (Hotel Avyan, the closest hotel to Cherokee Street.) We will have housing requests available at a later date, but Nevermore has grown quickly and St. Louis is still a medium-sized scene, so we’re simply not able to accommodate the amount of housing requests we’ve received in the past. The housing request list will be intended to provide an option for those who truly can’t make a hotel or Air B&B work. Hotel reservations will be available beginning on August 1, 2016.

Housing requests are now open here, but keep in mind they are very limited. Click here to request housing.

The Nitty Gritty (Registration Policies)




2016 Music Line-Up

We believe in music! Nevermore is just as much about the musicians as it is about the dancers. The Nevermore Jazz Ball is committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind musical experience with an emphasis on both featuring our magnificent local talent and bringing some top musical talent from across the country. We’ll feature live bands at all of our dances–Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and both late night dances. We’ll top it off with a healthy heaping of great live music at the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl on Saturday afternoon.



Coming soon!


This year, we’ve got same Nevermore favorites as well as a few Nevermore first-timers. Classes and instruction at Nevermore are selected to provide a diversity of perspectives and styles. You’ll get top-notch in lindy hop, but we’ll round out our lineup with who are experts in other vernacular styles so that you can infuse your dancing with a variety of unique skills and perspectives.

2016 Headline Instructors


Here’s a big picture schedule to help you plan. Remember, things can change, so check back as the event nears! We’ll also publish a detailed class schedule.

Nevermore 2016 Schedule Overview


A word about classes at the Nevermore Jazz Ball: in the spirit of welcoming diverse perspectives, getting out of your usual comfort zone, and embracing the new & different, classes at Nevermore are “try-it” style, meaning you’ll have exposure to some great bread & butter lindy hop, some traditional jazz, and other various vernacular styles. Come with an open mind! Be sure to check this schedule at the beginning of the festival–some things may shift around!


St. Louis itself is the venue-at-large of the Nevermore Jazz Ball. Here are some specific historic spots that will help to define our 2016 festival!

Casa Loma Ballroom (Friday & Saturday Main Dances)
3354 Iowa Ave. 63118
Paid lot at Cherokee & Iowa or free lot at Cherokee & California. Street parking on Cherokee

*A note about parking on Cherokee Street: generally, parking on or near Cherokee is preferable to parking far north or south of the street because there’s more foot traffic and lighting on Cherokee. If you’re parking on Cherokee, consider parking east of Michigan*

South Broadway Athletic Club (Friday &  Saturday Late Nights)
2301 S. 7th Street 63104
Lot across t

Boo Cat Club (Sunday Night)
812 Union Blvd. 63112
Lot parking (entrance adjacent to building) or street parking

2720 Cherokee (Thursday night, classes)
2720 Cherokee Street 63118
Street parking on Cherokee St.

The Luminary Arts Center (Saturday Classes)
2701 Cherokee Street 63118
Street parking on Cherokee. Meters monitored on Saturday, free on Sunday

St. Matthew’s Church (Classes)
2613 Potomac St. 63118
Street parking on Cherokee. Meters monitored on Saturday, free on Sunday

The Bomb Door (Classes)

Texas & Cherokee, ***Enter behind the building!***
Street parking on Cherokee. Meters monitored on Saturday, free on Sunday

Hotel & Travel

Event Hotel

For the first time, we have an official event hotel! We have a Nevermore Jazz Ball room block at Hotel Avyan at the corner of Jefferson & Lafayette. It’s the hotel closest to Cherokee Street, where the bulk of our events will take place. Rooms with two double beds are available for $99/night and you can book rooms in this block starting on August 1, 2016. www.HotelAvyan.com or (314) 773-6500.

Getting Around STL

St. Louis has Uber and traditional taxis. There are buses and two metro lines that are safe and run well, but public transit is not super extensive. You can easily take the MetroLink from Lambert Airport into the city and catch a taxi or an Uber from there. A car (or a friend with a car!) can be helpful, and bicycles are great if you’re comfortable getting around that way.


Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

The one-and-only Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl returns to this year’s festival with afternoon and evening sets of live music up and down the street, a brass band, and community dance classes! Join us on Saturday November 5th, for this free, open-to-the-public aspect of the event featuring St. Louis’ best jazz and swing musicians in Cherokee Street’s singular venues.

Main Set 12:30-3:30 PM, East –> West

Roth/Ryback Duo — South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee
Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing — Whisk, 2201 Cherokee
Loot Rock Gang — Retro 101, 2303 Cherokee
Miss Jubilee — Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 S. Jefferson
Bottoms Up Blues Gang — Hop Shop, 2606 Cherokee
Wack-A-Doo — Fortune Teller Bar, 2635 Cherokee
Moonshine Rhythm Club — Van Ella Studios, 2646 Cherokee
Sweetie & Chase Garrett — Bespoke, 2650 Cherokee
Gaslight Squares — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
St. Boogie Brass Band — Street Parade (2-3pm)

Second Set 4-7 PM

Record Spin — The B Side, 2709 Cherokee
Bill Mason & Friends Jazz Jam — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
Annie & The Fur Trappers — Propoganda, 2732 Cherokee

Community Dance Day

As part of the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2016, the 2nd annual Community Dance Day will be a day of free and open-to-the-public dance classes for friends and neighbors of all ages. With styles ranging from break dancing to the bop to the charleston, Community Dance Day is a celebration of the fact that dance is a great way to bring people together.

Community Dance Day Lineup

All classes will be taught at the introductory level–no experience required. Dress to move! Drop in for one class or stay all day.

LOCATION: 2720 Cherokee Street – Main Floor

11:00am – Swing Dancing with St. Louis Jitterbugs
12:00pm – Foot Sweeps and Grooves, Break Dancing with Martell Stepney
1:00pm – Hip Hop with Jordan Jackson
2:00pm – The St. Louis Bop with Marqua McGull and The St. Louis Bop Preservation Society
3:00pm – St. Louis Shag with David Deenik and Kerry Kapaku (Nevermore Jazz Ball 2015 St. Louis Shag champions! 🙂 )

Bring your friends and family!* No cost to participate. Stick around Cherokee Street and enjoy the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2016. All brought to you by the Nevermore Jazz Ball, co-sponsored by Lindy Hop St. Louis and the St. Louis Jitterbugs.

*minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

The Nevermore Code

We take fun seriously at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and this means if you want to join in, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct, no exceptions. Many of these points go without saying, but we’re still going to say them, write them, and live by them. Please familiarize yourself with these points and revisit them as needed throughout the event.

Code Of Conduct


          Beccy Aldrich

During the event, we will have event staff members and at least one external contact person to address any concerns you may have. Your concerns will be treated professionally and confidentially. Beccy Aldrich and Jenna Applegarth are the Safe Spaces contacts for this event.You can speak to either of them in person to address a concern during the event. Alternately, you can email your concern to safety@lindyhopstlouis.org. You may also contact us anonymously (or include your name/contact info, if you wish) using this form: http://tinyurl.com/LHSLsafety. Event directors Jenny Shirar (jenny@lindyhopstlouis.org) and Christian Frommelt (christian@lindyhopstlouis.org) are also available to talk to you about any concerns you may have.

Nevermore Values